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Bell quells suggestions England aren’t ready for this Test match

| 23.12.2010

If England are going to win the Ashes, now is the best time to back them after the price drifted to 7/4 from 2/5 to win the Ashes following the third Test defeat.

And Ian Bell, England’s only shining light from the third Test performance, is fully focused on helping his side to a fourth Test victory amid rumours of being promoted up the order.

Paul Collingwood’s performances Down Under have been poor and while it seems unlikely he will get dropped, he could find himself batting at six with Bell promoted to five.

Collingwood has scored just 62 runs at an average of 15.50 in the first three Ashes Tests, and isn’t even in the running to be England’s top Ashes runscorer.

Bell, 25/1 to be England’s leading Ashes runscorer, has managed 213 runs at an average of 71 across the three Tests and while he is still 282 runs behind Alastair Cook, England’s leading series runscorer, he still has an outside chance of taking the top runscorer title.

Should Cook fail to continue his incredible form over the next two Tests, Bell ooks like the only batsman who could trouble the Gloucester-born opener and it may be worth a punt considering Bell is well up for this Test match.

“Playing here in Melbourne is something you look forward to – a Boxing Day Test match is always special,” said Bell.

“We’ve had a good opportunity to have a sit down and talk about what happened in Perth… in Melbourne, I’m sure we can put right what went wrong.”

England are 13/8 to win the fourth Test in Melbourne and for punters looking for a patriotic bet, that is a great price.

Australia may have regained their confidence, but this England side is capable of denting that come Saturday night.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.